Mount St. Joseph University

Homecoming a Coming Home for Former Players

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Matthew Morris

Every year at high schools and colleges across the country, there is one weekend in the fall where that particular school celebrates their homecoming. The tradition of an annual homecoming weekend started in 1911 at a University of Missouri football game. Homecoming is intended for former students and alumni to come back and visit their old stomping grounds as well as catch a football game and attend the alumni tailgate that The Mount puts on just for them.

For former Mount players, it is always a special experience to come back and watch what the team they once played for has become.

“It’s like a mini-reunion whenever I come back,” former Lions All-American Brandon Keller (2015) said. “It’s awesome to be able to see guys I knew when I played here grow up as well as see new faces on the team.”

Former Lion Lucas Cunningham who left Mount St. Joseph to enlist in the Army said, “It is a great thing to be a part of the brotherhood that former players have with each other. All the memories we shared together will never be forgotten no matter what direction life takes all of us individually.”

While homecoming is a special time for former students and athletes, it is a fun experience for current Lions as well. Lion football player Zainn Ison (Senior/Batavia) said, “It is always great to see guys that I played with over the last few years come back and support us even though they are no longer on the team.”

Luckily for returning former Lions, our football team put on a great show for them as they defeated the Anderson Ravens 51-7 as they make a move for first place in the conference.

With the 2016 season the Lions football team has turned it around, winning the five straight games after beginning the season 0-3. Over the five game stretch the Lions boast one of the best passing offenses in the conference and have outscored opponents 237-66, truly dominating the rest of the competition.

The Lions’ men’s and women’s soccer teams are also wrapping up their regular seasons as well with the men sitting at 9-4-3 and fourth place in the conference while the women are 10-5-1 and tied for first in the conference.

It is coming down to the wire for the football team and women’s soccer as they both have the opportunity to win a HCAC championship if they win their last two games. The football team has not won the conference since 2009 and women’s soccer last won the HCAC crown back in 2008. It should be a great finish to the fall sports season that has flown by this year!